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Looking forward to more significant announcements

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AMA President Dr Michael Gannon said while there were “many significant and worthy announcements” in the Federal Budget, the bigger structural health reform announcements were yet to come.

He said the public hospital funding announcement was consistent with the COAG National Health Agreement, but the AMA Public Hospital Report Card shows how more funding will be needed over the long term.

“This will involve the States and Territories doing their bit to work with the Commonwealth to increase the funding to appropriate levels,” Dr Gannon said.

“The Government is to be congratulated on its ongoing commitment to medical research, and for its positive contribution to improving Indigenous health, especially eye health, ear health, and remote dialysis.

“The investments in aged care and mental health must be seen as down-payments with more attention needed in coming years and decades as community demand drastically increases.

“We need to see a more concerted approach from the Government in prevention. We need to keep people fitter and healthier and away from expensive hospital care.

“Good health policy is an investment, not a cost. We look forward to the finalisation of the private health and MBS reviews, and the reforms that will flow from those processes.

“We expect to see any savings from the MBS Review reinvested into the MBS in the form of new and improved items in a transparent way.

“We anticipate more significant health policy funding announcements ahead of the next election.”


Pic: Dr Michael Gannon with Health Minister Greg Hunt